Pediatric Power Trip? Docs Fire Parents Who Won’t Vaccinate
If youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re thinking about opting out on vaccines, you might want to check with your doctor. No, not about whether itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a good idea. Whether the practice will let you keep bringing your kid.
Pediatricians who are fed up with the anti-vaccine movement are beginning to show patients the door.
According to ABC, at a meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics last week, doctors spoke out about the difficulty of meeting both a parentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s needs and a childÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s when the parents are insistent on believing in faulty science.
Dr. Mary Fallat, chair of the Committee of Bioethics of the American Academy of Pediatrics, told ABCÃ¢â‚¬Â doctors should try hard to work with parents, if they refuse to vaccinate, by providing information and trying to come to an agreement about a vaccination schedule.Ã¢â‚¬Â
But when that doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t work, Fallat says the pediatrician may decide they canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t treat that child. Especially when they feel that their ethical obligation to keep a child healthy is being thwarted by a parent.
Most interesting in this article were the quotes from a non-vaxing mom who says her doc said sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a liability to his practice. She has a child with autism, so she has chosen to follow the (disproven) logic that the vaccines were the source. SheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s opting out on vaccinating her second child.
But thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s no mention of what would happen if the second child then ends up with any of those illnesses vaccines are meant to prevent – the illnesses that can kill a child or leave them with life-long side effects. Would a parent than have the opportunity to sue the doctor for not taking appropriate care of their child? Remember – the parents donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have medical degrees (even from Google), and the doctor does. Who would have the best standing in court?
Look at it that way, and the doctor has a strong argument for kicking the parents out of the practice. He or she is not forcing parents to vaccinate – which would be taking away their right to parent. But just as the parents have a right to make a choice, the doctor does too. Should a doctor be forced to provide care for a child that they cannot stand behind? That all their medical training tells them is NOT the right answer?